Look for more giant robots to invade the big screen soon. On the heels of the blockbuster success of Transformers, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to the popular '80s animated series Robotech, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Tobey Maguire will produce through his creatively titled Maguire Entertainment company. He'll also likely star.
A Japanese import re-edited with English dialogue, Robotech featured dudes running around inside huge robot-shaped crafts knows as "mechs." As with other anime shows like Speed Racer and Voltron, there was always something vaguely disturbing about Robotech, as if the entire storyline had been crafted during one huge acid trip. Acid, apparently, being the preferred drug of Japanese animators.
In the '80s, Robotech fans ranked somewhere beneath He-Man and male My Little Pony aficionados in the grade school hierarchy, and were often beaten up for the lunch money by the cooler, tougher G.I. Joe kids. Posted 09.07.07 by reelz
G.I. Joe has a screenwriter, which may beg the question, does this movie really need a script? I know I staged some pretty kick-a** epic battles in my room
yesterday when I was a kid and I didn't need no stinkin' script.
Anyway, Hollywood Reporter announced that Stuart Beattie (Collateral, 30 Days of Night) will now pen the script for the upcoming action flick based on the popular Hasbro toy line. He joins director Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing, The Scorpion King). No cast is announced as of yet, but the movie is planned for a summer 2009 release.
All I can say to Beattie is, you better make Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow cool or I will hunt you down with my army of plastic Hasbro figures. Yeah, that's right. Posted 09.01.07 by reelz
Love your '80s nostaliga trips? You're in luck.
Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) pitched his heart out to the execs at Paramount on Weds night and they were hearing what he was putting it out there. The studio hired him in the room to direct a live-action version of G.I. Joe, and is now looknig for a writer. Filming is scheduled to start in Febuary and the movie will come out during summer 2009.
And director Betty Thomas has been hired to direct a comedic adaptation of Dallas. The movie was previously slated to be a drama, with Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) attached to direct, but it will be going in a different direction. John Travolta is still attached to star as J.R. Ewing, although as he told us during the Hairspray junket, that is pending his approval of the script, which will now be written by Pam Brady (Hot Rod). Posted 08.24.07 by reelz